Why We Dance
Man has danced since the
beginning of time. Dance is an age-old necessity
of the spirit. Today we put an order to it so we can manifest
technique. This is due to survival of the art and we breed
competition for the very dancers’ careers that succeed it.
When it comes right down to it though, we find that dance
soothes the soul and inspires the heart. We dance for the joy
Movement is a quiet therapy without words; so much can be
learned and gained through movement. Dance develops agility,
discipline, focus, determination, courage, strength, grace,
as well as honor, energy, spiritual depth, creativity,
commitment…I could go on and on. The basic need to dance is
what’s interesting; it is inborn in us. It is an outlet, a
stage for human desire, a place for one to emote. Allegro
cannot be executed without joy in the spirit, modern cannot
be executed without emotional depth, jazz needs attitude and a
sense of sensuality. All these styles developed out of raw
Modern is one style that seems to dig the deepest. There are
no restraints like pointe shoes, or severe technique. Modern
is dance left in its purest form. We learn to fall and to
rise. We learn
to move with the wind in our soul – beauty and repulsion
can exist in the same vein, at the same moment.
Modern is flexible, it can encompass anything from African
tribal and contemporary ballet to natural reactions
and childhood mimic. The rules are veiled and the order comes
last. We don’t fight against the body- we flow with it.
Thanks to Martha, Doris and Isadora, modern was validated.
Human existence today, seems so safe and unrevealing, how
many outlets do we have to grow spiritually? They usually lie
in the arts, and modern dance is the rawest
form of life appreciation. Only when we learn to dance, can
we learn to let go and live in the moment. We learn who we
really are beyond just our tastes, preferences and relations
alone. Instead of continuing to gain control of our image,
reputation and financial success, we let it all go and we let
our quiet being become elevated. Our spirit has more
potential than most people are willing to recognize. When we
dance, our spirits do too.